Assembly Tool Controller monitors multiple conditions.

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Smart Torq(TM) Error-Proofer monitors entire fastening process and controls final torque of electric assembly tools. It learns fastener installation characteristics and compares learned characteristics to those being experienced while fastener is installed. Controller detects cross-threading, premature shut-off, re-hits, cam-outs, and missed fasteners as well as incorrect torque. Relay I/O is standard, providing good, bad, and batch complete signals.



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True Error-Proofing Capability Announced for Electric Assembly Tools



New Device Learns Correct Fastener Installation Characteristics:
Monitors Assembly Process and Controls Final Torque

CLEVELAND, OH-September 8, 2003-A new controller for electric assembly tools has been announced by ASG, a division of Jergens, Inc., 15700 S. Waterloo Rd., Cleveland, OH 44110 Telephone (216) 486-6163 Fax (216) 481-4519 E-mail: asginfo@asg-jergens.com Web: www.asg-jergens.com Inquiries should be directed to Mike Starick.

The new ASG Smart Torq(TM) Error-Proofer monitors the entire fastening process and controls the final torque of electric assembly tools. When coupled with a tool, it provides levels of control and error-proofing to the assembly process that were previously unattainable.

The Smart Torq Error-Proofer automatically learns an assembly's fastener installation characteristics. Once this information has been learned, the device monitors the fastening event by comparing learned characteristics to those being experienced while the fastener is installed. By monitoring the event versus just controlling torque, the Smart Torq Error-Proofer catches problems during the process, such as differences in workpiece characteristics, fasteners or assembly tool performance. Additionally, the device monitors the number of fasteners installed. The Smart Torq controller detects cross-threading, premature shut-off, re-hits, cam-outs, and missed fasteners as well as incorrect torque... conditions which can remain undetected with controllers or assembly tools which solely
monitor installed torque.

The Smart Torq controller provides true error-proofing capability. Relay I/O is standard, providing good, bad, and batch complete signals for interfacing with station controllers and PLCs. An RS232 port is provided for accessories and time and date stamped data output.

The Smart Torq Error-Proofer can extend the flexibility of existing assembly tools. The controller accommodates up to eight parameter sets. This allows different torques, counts and application set-ups. Thus, a single electric tool can be set to perform numerous applications. Broader torque ranges can be attained by a simple switch of tools. Free demonstrations at user sites are available.

Optional network-ready hardware using industry standard protocol such as DeviceNet(TM) and Ethernet(TM) are available. Custom network interfaces can be configured for specific applications.

The Smart Torq controller for electric tools represents the latest addition to the ASG Smart Torq Error-Proofer family. It joins previously-announced controllers for pneumatic assembly tools that provide a similar level of confidence to assemblers using air tools.

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